Since taking office in March 2011, Barry O’Farrell and his Government have made a number of cuts to funding, jobs, workers’ rights and services.
School bus drivers in Houston, Texas, are fed up with rowdy kids. According to their union, the drivers have been putting up with kids jumping out of moving buses, smoking marijuana, fighting and generally carrying on like pork chops. One bus was even shot at.
Last week the Sydney Morning Herald ran an editorial attacking rail workers, and backing calls for station staff and train guards to be sacked.
RTBU Branch Secretary Alex Claassens sent a letter of response to the newspaper, but the gutless newspaper refused to publish it.
All Brisbane gas buses were taken off the road over the weekend following a gas explosion at Virginia bus depot.
The move provides a further example of the good sense NSW drivers showed last year in taking buses off the roads, after footage came to light showing a gas bus exploding on the road.
Unlike the NSW State Government, which had to be dragged kicking and screaming to take action on the issue, Brisbane City Council moved quickly to take all gas buses out of service until measures could be implemented to ensure the safety of drivers and the travelling public. Read more »
Swift action taken by drivers over safety issues associated with gas-powered buses has forced STA to acknowledge the problem and take the necessary steps to fix it.
The Bus Division appeared today before the Industrial Relations Commission to bring an end to drivers’ dispute with State Transit Authority over safety on gas powered buses.
Last week bus drivers took a strong stand for workplace safety, after video footage came to light showing a dangerous explosion on a gas-powered STA bus in July.
Because of your actions, STA was forced to finally start taking the issue seriously – after months of assuring drivers that everything was fine.
Yesterday drivers were publicly vindicated when STA advised the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) that it would it would be going to tender for fire suppression systems, which will be added to around 250 Mercedes gas-powered buses. Read more »
Last night at a meeting at Unions NSW the Bus Division tabled a letter, explaining the action that drivers took this week to ensure their safety and the safety of passengers after video footage came to light showing a gas powered bus exploding near Port Botany.
The letter stated that:
“On Tuesday bus drivers took the difficult decision to withdraw STA gas buses from circulation until assurances could be given that these buses were safe. Despite the inevitable political backlash, drivers felt that this was the only responsible course of action they could take…
The Industrial Relations Commission later directed drivers to return the gas buses to service, but also directed STA to form a working party to address our safety concerns and to report back to the Commission next Tuesday.” Read the full letter
Action taken yesterday by bus drivers has finally forced STA to take the safety of drivers and the travelling public seriously.
After a video, brought forward by a whistleblower member of the public, exposed just how dangerous the recent explosion of a gas-powered bus was, the Industrial Relations Commission ordered STA to report back on this issue by the 25 October. Read more »
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